Instructions for Building a Futon Bed Frame

Futon mattresses lack the rigid internal structure of a traditional western mattress. This means your futon frame will need to be more than just a rectangular frame of rails. You will also need to allow the underside of the mattress to breathe. Without air flow, mildew and mold will set in on the underside of your futon. Set aside an afternoon for this basic, low lying futon bed frame -- a project suitable for novice and intermediate do-it-yourselfers.

A futon mattress needs a rigid frame to support its floppy structure.
  1. Cut all lumber to the specified dimensions using a power saw. Sand all surfaces using rough grit sandpaper.

  2. Lay the beams on their 2-inch wide edges, parallel to each other with their ends aligned. Space them so their outer edges are 40 inches apart.

  3. Set one strip so that its edge is aligned with the ends of both beams, its ends aligned with the edges of the beams. Screw it in place with one wood screw for each beam.

  4. Lay the next strip approximately 1 inch from the first strip and screw in position. Use another wooden strip as a spacer to ensure even and straight positioning of your new strip.

  5. Repeat step four until you have mounted all of the strips.